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BY THE WAY: New diner in Umatilla and play equipment at Sunset

Published on November 28, 2017 6:55PM

Staff photo by Jade McDowell. Rae’s Dayz diner and cakery opened last week in Umatilla.

Staff photo by Jade McDowell. Rae’s Dayz diner and cakery opened last week in Umatilla.

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Umatilla residents have a new dining option in Rae’s Dayz, a diner and “cakery” that opened at 1290 Sixth Street last week.

Diners can get breakfast food, burgers, salads and sandwiches from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, and can also order custom-made cakes for special events.

“Anything we can do homemade, we do homemade,” owner Raelynn Gallegos said. “It’s a good home-cooked meal.”

Gallegos said she has been involved in the restaurant industry most of her life, and she and fiance Rosendo Campos-Ortiz decided to try opening in Umatilla because it seemed the city could use another sit-down restaurant. The building had several customers enjoying lunch on Tuesday, including two Umatilla city councilors.

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The long-awaited final pieces of the playground at Hermiston’s Sunset Park have finally arrived, according to parks and recreation director Larry Fetter. He told the city council Monday that the department would get started on installing the rest of the playground “right away.” New equipment for Greenwood Park off Beech Avenue has also arrived and will be placed soon as part of a total make-over of the small neighborhood park.

Fetter said the department is also ready to install a series of interpretive panels at McKenzie Park and the Oxbow Trail, including a map of the new disc golf course at the head of the trail across from Good Shepherd Medical Center. The bases for the panels, made of wrought iron and featuring water fowl and cattails, have been sitting with blank tops for over a year as the department worked to gather information and design the panels.

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Eric Reise, a member of the Hermiston Rotary Club and the West Coast team leader for ShelterBox USA, recently accepted a donation from the Pendleton Rotary Club. George Murdock, the club’s president-elect, said the group raised $4,000 in recognition of relief efforts on behalf of hurricane victims in Florida and Texas. .

Rotary International partners with ShelterBox to provide emergency shelter and provisions to help people and communities impacted by disasters. For more information, visit www.rotary.org or www.shelterboxusa.org.

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It’s Farm Fair week here in Hermiston (pick up a copy of last week’s special section in the Hermiston Herald if this is news to you).

Farmers and trade professionals will gather at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, and will get a first-hand view of a newly planted crop — winter wheat in the overflow dirt parking lot.

The wheat will help control the dust, and the wheel line to keep it irrigated was donated by Elmer’s Irrigation and Valmont N.W.

The EOTEC board complimented the fine wheel line at its meeting last week, and board member Kim Puzey noted the uniqueness of such praise.

“You might be from Eastern Oregon if you think a wheel line looks nice,” he joked.

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Congratulations are in order to those chosen to receive a Linda Gilleese Memorial Scholarship from Altrusa International of Hermiston. The recipients and their majors include Jackie Barlow (health), Debbie Smith (elementary education) and Stephanie Loving (integrated studies). All three are students at Eastern Oregon University. The scholarships are given in memory of Linda Gilleese, a former Altrusan and Hermiston community member who was a strong advocate for education. Additional scholarship opportunities will be available in February. For more information, email hermistonaltrusa@gmail.com or visit www.districttwelve.altrusa.org.

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And finally, the Hermiston Public Library is tapping into some old-school technology — the bulletin board — to help the city connect with its patrons.

The library will pose questions on a weekly basis and solicit comments to be hung on a board by the front entrance.

This week’s question: “Why do you live in Hermiston?”

Next time you’re in the area, make sure to stop by, fill out an answer and check out what else is on the board.

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